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Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 4:14:06 PM | Best Approach for Modelling Non-Standard Timber Structure

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Hi,

First of all: many thanks to the RevitCity community! I've had great help from your forum and model library throughout the years!

Now to my question: I am currently modelling a storehouse for whiskey barrels. The main concept is that the primary timber structure and the shelving are integrated and use tha same logic, grid and dimensions. I've attaced an image that show an early sketch of the overall structure and the principle of the shelving.

In essence the building is a complex 3D frame of large dimension timber wrapped with a thin membrane. My first approach was to use the standard column- and beam tools with grids, arrays and groups to model it. But it soon got very messy, slow-working model where it was hellish to modify anything in the main structure without messing everything up.

I've looked at both in-bulit revit tools and external add-ons that could help me in this, but not sure if any of them suits this task. Needless to say I also want to avoid buying expensive and complicated add-ons.

Would be very thankful if any of you have some experience with this type of structure, and tips for workflows, tools, extensions that makes it easier to model.

I'm running revit 2018.

Best,

Erik



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Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 7:37:15 PM | Best Approach for Modelling Non-Standard Timber Structure

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Instead of beams, I think I would have made this as frame families modeled like you have with the vertical member and left-right members each side of that.  The front to back pieces (not yet in your model) would just be another, simple family.


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Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 11:57:02 AM | Best Approach for Modelling Non-Standard Timber Structure

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Thanks for the input! sounds like a good idea, will try that in the next iteration of my model.


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